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Liberian Ship Registry Completes Audit

by Lorys Charalambous,, Cyprus

01 March 2011

The Liberian Shipping Registry - one of the world’s largest and most active shipping registers -has carried out the first Seafarer Recruitment and Placement Services (SRPS) audit for compliance with the International Labour Organization Maritime Labour Convention (MLC 2006), ahead of the convention's entry into force.

The audit was performed on Anglo Eastern Ship Management, at its offices in Mumbai, India, on February 16, 2011. The lead auditor was Anthony Geegbae from the US offices of the Liberian International Ship & Corporate Registry (LISCR). Two Mumbai-based auditors, representing the Liberian administration, were also in attendance.

The MLC - which requires further ratifications from third countries before it can enter into force - updates a raft of older legislation with up-to-date best standards, to ensure that the rights of seafarers are upheld by the industry.

Liberia has consistently been a strong supporter and advocate of the Maritime Labour Convention. Capt David Pascoe, Senior VP, Maritime Operations & Standards for LISCR, said: “It is vital that we take the initiative on MLC which, for the most part, merely formalizes many of the systems, procedures and agreements that quality shipowners already have in place relative to seafarer concerns.”

He added: “MLC should bring a new level of openness and communication that will help eliminate many of the frustrations and insecurities that seafarers have with their shipowners, managers and crewing agents, particularly because everything between them will be transparent, open and, ultimately, audited.”

Commending Anglo Eastern and its staff for their professionalism in maintaining a high standard of operations, the auditors recorded no deficiencies, and the Liberian administration has announced it will now issue the relevant certification accordingly.

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